PhD student (m/f/div) at the Department for "RNA-Binding Proteins in Metabolism and Ageing"


Our research group (Huppertz Research Group) investigates RNA-binding proteins in metabolism and ageing using cellular models. We use a multidisciplinary approach applying imaging, biochemical, and mass spectrometric methods in cultured cells.We seek an enthusiastic, driven, and creative PhD student who has a strong interest in RNA biology and metabolism. Our group has recently been established at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing and is currently looking for new members. This means you will become an integral part in shaping the future of your research project in an open exchange with your colleagues and supervisor.QualificationsThe successful candidate will hold a master's degree / diploma in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related field. The applicant should have a keen interest in RNA biology metabolism and ageing-related research, a collaborative mindset, and excellent written and oral communication skills. The working language is English; knowledge of the German language is not required. Prior experience with cell culture work would be welcome, but is not required.Research EnvironmentThe Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing was founded in 2008 with the mission to unravel fundamental mechanisms of healthy ageing. It is part of a broad network of institutions in the Cologne-Bonn area dedicated to research on ageing and age-related disease, constituting a vibrant and collaborative environment. Equipped with state-of-the-art core facilities, the institute provides outstanding opportunities for its scientists. At the moment, we host 350 employees - including guest scientists - from 30 different nations.We offer a three-year contract according to the funding guidelines for young researchers of the Max Planck Society. The Max Planck Society endeavours to achieve gender equality and diversity, and therefore seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and explicitly encourages women to apply. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of employees with severe disabilities in its workforce. Applications from persons with severe disabilities are expressly desired.Are you interested?Then please upload your complete application documents, containing a one-page cover letter with a personal statement describing your scientific accomplishments and your interest in our group, your CV, certificates and transcripts of the degrees you already obtained, and contact information for two references in electronic form as one single PDF document via our online application platform by 16 October, 2022.For further information about the institute and the scientific interest of the Huppertz group, please see and consult recent publications.